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    external slim dvd/cdrom

    I am going to buy a LG internal slim dvd/cd rom with ide adapter to make it external. I know I need ATA2 cable but is there anything else I will need?

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    Depending on the length, you may need to convert the IDE to USB, IDE has length limitations shorter than that of USB.

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    Other than that, I will deal with that later. What otehr cable do I need?

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    You'll need power. What cable depends on where you're getting the power. I would suggest just buying a spool of the correct gage wire at Radio Shack and extending one of the power plugs from your PC's power supply. With a couple wire nuts, it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. Now, running those cables in the car will take longer.
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    Running the wires will take some time but easy. It is all going under my carpet so taking that out will take time but that is always the fun part about it.

    I am getting the opus 150 and M10000 mobo. What gauge will be the best and how will I extend the power supply?

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    I'm not sure of the gage, off the top of my head. 18 sounds right, but don't quote me on that. But you can take one with you to Radio Shack to match it up.

    Here's what you do to exted the power connector:
    1) Mark the wires you're about to cut. (Red, Black 1, Black 2, Yellow)
    2) Cut the power connector off. Make sure to leave a couple inches of wire on it and the power supply - giving you some wire to work with.
    3) Go get some wire that is the same gage as the ones you cut.
    4) Cut four lengths of wire to the length that you need to extend the power connector. (Remember:measure twice, cut once!
    5) Strip the all the ends of all those wires. Strip about 1/2".
    6) Twist the end of the connector's red wire with a new one that you cut. Then twist the other end of that same wire to the red wire on the power supply. Then cap the twists off with wire nuts.
    7) Do the same thing for the Black1, Black2, and Yellow wires. Make sure you keep straight which wires are which. You don't want to fry anything.

    If you're really slick, you might want to put the four lengths of wire you cut into wire loom before connecting them up. Then it will be like one cable rather than four wires.
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    M10000 Nehemiah, 1Gb RAM, Opus 90w PS, Buffalo Tech WLI2-USB2-G54, 160 Gb HDD, GlobalSat BU-353 GPS, iGuidance, Zippy EL-610, Panasonic CW8123B Slim Slot CDRW/DVD, 10" Lilliput, Sony XA-300, Sony CDX-MP30 Head, OBD-II

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    So #2 I am cutting the wires on the dvd player? Then where do I connect them? Sorry for my ignorance but I don't have any of the products for this yet so I don't know what they look like. I have the case, the HD and memory but that doesn't help me here.

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    The wires that you want to cut are the four (red, black1, black2, & yellow) that run from the ATX power connector on the system board (or on the Opus end, depending on which end you plug into which) to the four pin white molex power connector (just like the power connector that you plug into any hard drive or CDROM). Of course, there is a string of two or three of these connectors. Don't cut the first one - cut the last one. Or even better, but one of those four pin molex Y adapters (about $2) and cut it instead of cutting the custom cable that comes with the Opus power supply.
    So far:
    M10000 Nehemiah, 1Gb RAM, Opus 90w PS, Buffalo Tech WLI2-USB2-G54, 160 Gb HDD, GlobalSat BU-353 GPS, iGuidance, Zippy EL-610, Panasonic CW8123B Slim Slot CDRW/DVD, 10" Lilliput, Sony XA-300, Sony CDX-MP30 Head, OBD-II

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